McGuigan Wines (pre-2019) is Not Vegan Friendly

by Australian Vintage
Address: 6 - 8 Ivory House, Plantation Wharf
London, SW11 3TN
Phone: 44 (0207) 924 8095
Checked by: Martin
Double checked by: Bones, Natasha, Clarissa, Laura, Paddy
Added: over 10 years ago
Double Checked: over 1 year ago

Company email (May 2021)

"We are pleased to announce that our Zero range has just moved to vegan status, we should see stock arriving in the UK in the next six months or so. Our hope is that the entire wine range will be vegan within the next 5 years."

Company email (December 2020)

"Animal products are used in our wines including the Zero range. We do have several wines in our Reserve range which that are suitable for Vegans and this is illustrated by a V on the back label but they are not alcohol free I’m afraid.

Company email (March 2020)

"Hi, yes, all the McGuigan Reserve wines are now vegan.

"...just to further clarify, the Reserve wines are Vegan from Vintage 2019, so you should see the vintage on the back label and if it is 2019 vintage, it will have the Vegan Friendly symbol printed on the back label."

Company email (March 2016)

"[Our winemaking team has] confirmed that we do not have any vegan wines available both in our cellar door or domestically... All of our wines contain milk and egg products."

Company email (September 2018)

"Unfortunately, we do not have any vegan friendly wines at present, however we are investigating the feasibility of introducing a vegan friendly wine range to our portfolio. We recognise the growth in veganism and the potential for this category, but the concept is in its early stages at the moment."

Company email (October 2012):
"Thank you for your email regarding the content of McGuigan Wines.

All of our White Wines and fined using Skim Milk and/or Gelatine.
All of our Red Wines are fined using Egg White and/or Gelatine.

In theory these fining agents should be flocculated and removed via filtration before bottling.
However this cannot be guaranteed and traces may still remain in the wines.
So from this, unfortunately they are unsuitable for vegans."

Company email:
"I am the UK based winemaker for McGuigan Wines. I am afraid that all our wines have been fined using animal based fining agents; often gelatin, egg or diary based fining agents and we can’t recommend therefore that these wines would be suitable for vegans. There is continued research in this field to develop fining agents that are plant based and move away from the animal based winemaking products. These are still not yet as effective for producing well balanced approachable wines of good quality and so the preference in the industry remains for the animal based fining agents."

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